Quinn's latest Independent article defending RC reaction displays the man's hard neck yet again. Quinn is now finally arguing (lord be praised) that the safest place for children to be is in the home. Well done, Quinny.
At home with parents is safest - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie
I wonder why it was then, that he and Breda O'Brien spent so many column inches (at the time when the issue was institutional and clerical abuse, remember?) underlining how the vast majority of child abuse was carried out by family members and that institutional and clerical abusers were only trotting after fathers and brothers and uncles.
It really does illustrate how Quinn's apologetics work: in short, never let the truth get in the was of the most convenient spin of the moment.
And the spin at the time of course was to concentrate our minds on the factoid that priests were less likely to abuse children than those children's daddies.
Because that was the case being made. Granted Breda O'Brien pushed this particular piece of diversionary obfustication harder, but Quinn peddled it regularly and with the same quasi-horrified dishonesty too. Remember them (and others committed to the same cause) affecting shock and disgust at statistics stating that most abuse occurred within the family?
But now Quinn's brief is to "defend the family", he tells us that it is only natural to expect that most such abuse should happen in the home, and that daddies are grand after all.
Maybe I should be happy at the progress, because the verbiage is marginally closer to the truth than the verbiage then.
But hey, what's a little thing like the truth when you're defending The Truth!